There comes a time in many legal proceedings when you must give legal notice to the other party of a legal proceeding so that the person can respond before the court in a timely manner. Process services are usually employed when a party delivers a set of legal documents to the person being served. Each state and county has its own laws which are to be recognized in terms of the procedure, but, in general, one party in a legal proceeding delivers filed legal documents to another party in a legal proceeding to give them an opportunity to respond and to establish jurisdiction.
It’s essential that process services are completed legally and follow all laws, rules, and regulations to the letter. Erroneous service can result in delays and procedural issues. For instance, in some cases, a legal document must be served personally (or delivered personally) to the defendant, given to them in their hands, to be considered served. In other cases, a document can be considered served via the United States Postal Service. In some cases, service by publication in the newspaper can be considered legal complete service. Once service is considered complete, the court has legal jurisdiction over the person regarding the case that was served. It’s important that the process services are done accurately, legally, and professionally.
Sometimes, process services are difficult, and it turns out that serving someone isn’t that easy. The person does not want to be served and makes it difficult; therefore, the person has to be located and found. In other cases, it’s as easy as going to the person’s place of business or home and delivering the papers by hand. There are cases where the person being served will run away. If the person does not want to be served, he or she can make it very difficult. For papers to be considered served correctly, process services professionals must understand the legal implications of correct service and incorrect service and be able to prove correct service.
Process services are necessary to help our legal system’s due process of law, in which an accused person has the right to present a defense. There are laws and guidelines that must be followed to ensure that the relevant paperwork is delivered to the right parties. The types of legal situations where process services may be used are varied. Process services may be needed during a divorce, custody battle, small claims lawsuit, criminal case, and more.
Process services can include summons, subpoenas, divorce papers, restraining orders, foreclosures, complaints, and many other legal documents that require service. Process services include more than just the actual services of delivering the papers to the defendant; they might also include filing with the court proof of service. Process services could include the professional server appearing in court to describe and prove proper service, especially in cases where a defendant tries to avoid service of legal documents.
Process services may also include skip-traces and locating individuals who do not wish to be located in order to serve them with the proper legal documents. Professional process services will include all possibilities to help locate hard to find defendants or witnesses. You don’t want to leave your particular case to chance. You want to employ professional process services that will get the job done legally, aboveboard, and professionally.